Posted at 3:53 pm on 01/21/2015 by Powlin V. Manuel
As allergists, we get many questions concerning what one can to get relief from allergy, especially in spring allergy season. Basically, the question is what we can take without going to the doctor. It is all about the over the counter antihistamines.
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There are two categories of antihistamines, one old inexpensive but effective sedating and the new expensive non sedating ones. The sedating antihistamines available are Benadryl and chlorpheniramine and others. Claritin and Allegra are non sedating. Both groups of antihistamines are effective in providing relief from allergies; the second generation antihistamines, however, are much safer. For nasal blockage, you will need decongestants such as pseudo ephedrine in addition.